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Jean Baudrillard

Jean Baudrillard
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internal linkLos Angeles

It is in love with its limitless horizontality, as New York may be with its verticality.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. America, "Astral America" (1986; tr. 1988).

Quotation

Life itself is a quotation.
internal linkJorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. Heard by Jean Baudrillard at a lecture given in Paris. Quoted in: Baudrillard, Cool internal linkMemories, ch. 5 (1987; tr. 1990).

New York

There is no human reason to be here, except for the sheer internal linkecstasy of being crowded together.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. America, "New York" (1986; tr. 1988).

Fiction

Fiction is not internal linkimagination. It is what anticipates imagination by giving it the form of internal linkreality. This is quite opposite to our own natural tendency which is to anticipate reality by imagining it, or to flee from it by idealizing it. That is why we shall never inhabit true fiction; we are condemned to the imaginary and nostalgia for the future.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. America, "internal linkUtopia Achieved" (1986; tr. 1988). Baudrillard is referring specifically to the European experience. The American way of life, he says, is "spontaneously fictional, since it is a transcending of the imaginary in reality."
 
imagination manifests realities

 

Reality

The very definition of the real becomes: that of which it is possible to give an equivalent reproduction. … The real is not only what can be reproduced, but that which is always already reproduced. The internal linkhyperreal.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Simulations, pt. 2, "The Hyperrealism of Simulation" (1983). Baudrillard goes on to say, "Reality no longer has the time to take on the appearance of reality. It no longer even surpasses fiction: it captures every internal linkdream even before it takes on the appearance of a dream."

The Consumer Society

Large department stores, with their luxuriant abundance of canned goods, foods, and clothing, are like the primary landscape and the geometrical locus of affluence. Streets with overcrowded and glittering store windows… the displays of delicacies, and all the scenes of alimentary and vestimentary festivity, stimulate a internal linkmagical salivation. Accumulation is more than the sum of its products: the conspicuousness of surplus, the final and magical negation of scarcity…mimic a new-found nature of prodigious fecundity.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. "Consumer Society," in La Société de Consommation (1970; repr. in Selected Writings, ed. by Mark Poster, 1988).

Information

internal linkInformation can tell us everything. It has all the answers. But they are answers to questions we have not asked, and which doubtless don't even arise.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987; tr. 1990).
 
Information in formation

 

Yuppies

The Yuppies are not defectors from revolt, they are a new race, assured, amnestied, exculpated, moving with ease in the world of performance, mentally indifferent to any objective other than that of change and advertising.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. America, "The End of US Power?" (1986; tr. 1988).

Festivals

There is nothing funny about internal linkHalloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. America, "Astral America" (1986; tr. 1988).

Scholars and Scholarship

In the same way that we need statesmen to spare us the abjection of exercising power, we need scholars to spare us the abjection of learning.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987; tr. 1990).

Television

There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room. It is even stranger than a man talking to himself or a woman standing internal linkdreaming at her stove. It is as if another planet is communicating with you.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. America, "Astral America" (1986; tr. 1988).

Vision

Perhaps our eyes are merely a blank film which is taken from us after our deaths to be developed elsewhere and screened as our life story in some infernal cinema or despatched as microfilm into the sidereal void.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 2 (1987; tr. 1990).

The End of the World

The day the world ends, no one will be there, just as no one was there when it began. This is a scandal. Such a scandal for the human race that it is indeed capable collectively, out of spite, of hastening the end of the world by all means just so it can enjoy the show.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987; tr. 1990).


Cities and City Life

The cities of the world are concentric, internal linkisomorphicinternal linksynchronic. Only one exists and you are always in the same one. It's the effect of their permanent revolution, their internal linkintense circulation, their instantaneous magnetism.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. _Cool internal linkMemories_, ch. 3 (1987; tr. 1990).


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In one of his apocalyptic theoretical tracts, Jean Baudrillard called this mediated rapture "the internal linkecstasy of communication."  He argues that the "harsh and inexorable internal linklight of internal linkinformation and communication" has now mastered all spheres of existence, producing an omnipresent system of media internal linkflows that has colonized the interior of the self.  Passion, intimacy, and psychological depth evaporate, and we wind up "only a pure screen, a switching center of all internal linknetworks of influence."  No longer subjects of our own experience, we abandon ourselves to a cold and internal linkschizophrenic fascination with an infoglut he likens to a "microscopic pornography of the universe."  Though one suspects that Monsieur Baudrillard might do well to cancel his premium cable service, his dour prophecy certainly internal linkresonates.  Many of us have indeed enclosed our nervous systems within a vibrating artificial internal linkmatrix of cell phones, pagers, voice mail systems, networked laptops, and ever-present terminal screens, which monitor us as much as we monitor them.
- Erik Davis - _Techgnosis: Myth, internal linkMagic & Mysticism In The Age Of Information_atomjacked inventory cache  p. 278-279



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" We used to live in the internal linkimaginary world of the mirror, of the divided self and of the stage, of otherness and internal linkalienation.  Today we live in the imaginary world of the screen, of the internal linkinterface and the reduplication of contiguity and internal linknetworks. All our machines are screens. We too have become screens, and the interactivity of men has become the interactivity of screens."

 - Jean Baudrillard, internal link_Xeroxinternal linkInfinity_.

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